After training, before training, when you’re a little hungry, when you want a snack. Is drinking smoothies really that healthy? At least, that’s what advertising wants us to believe.

They are the latest super-food, kicking your day off with a nutrient dense smoothie can have a variety of amazing benefits.

However, they can also be your worst enemy if you drink the high sugar ones.

Stay with me, and find the benefits of drinking smoothies, and why it can make you healthier.

You can see people zipping on smoothies everywhere, you can by them everywhere and you probably have a blender at home so that you can make your own, to bring on-the-go.

According to a recent survey from Kashi, more than one in four Americans typically consume smoothies on a regular basis. Half of these them do it for the taste, 32 percent are drinking them to feel healthier and to include more fruit in their diets. Moreover, 23 percent are in it for the protein, and 20 percent drink them for easy vegetable inclusion. Why are you drinking smoothies?

There are many benefits of drinking smoothies, for example, they keep you energized, focused and makes you full till lunchtime. Smoothies are perfect for the busy person, to prepare, grab and go.

Regardless of all the benefits of drinking smoothies, you have to be aware of that many of the options available out there tend to contains a lot of fruit, hence a lot of fructose. For example a Pineapple, Banana and Coconut smoothie from Innocent contains 136 g sugars (equivalent to 34 teaspoons of sugar) and 730 calories. You might think fruit is great, a clean, fiber and vitamin rich source, that gives you energy.

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Choose a smoothie with no added sugar

That’s right, but take a juice from Innocent for example, it contains a big amount of fructose in one serving. Sure, soda contains a lot of fructose as well, however, soda is clearly a process alternative with white sugar. The problem is that the sugar in the smoothie affects our blood sugar levels. Which can cause mood swings and hunger, increased insulin levels, which might lead to increased fat storage.

Here’s the deal: Make sure your smoothies include all the different nutrients, to make it as healthy and beneficial for you as possible.

Get all the smoothie benefits with these hacks:

Carbohydrates:
Spinach or kale, berries banana, apple, pineapple, pear and mango are all good options.  Additionally, steam beets, carrots, or sweet potatoes and blend them for added vegetables

Protein and fat:
Almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk, avocados, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seed, flax seed oil, coconut oil, coconut meat, plant-based protein powders, such as hemp protein, hemp seeds, spirulina, nuts/seeds.

Don’t miss out on these delicious and great examples of healthy smoothies: Raspberry & Walnut Smoothie and Easy Green Smoothie Bowl.

Advantages of drinking smoothies

Become more energized

The high vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content keeps your mind clear and you energized throughout your day.

They are easy to make and the perfect on-the-go food

Smoothies are easy and quick to make, the only equipment you need is a blender.  Taking a smoothie with you is an additional convenient option.

Increases your fruit and vegetables intake

Without even noticing it, you’ll increase you fruit and vegetable intake. It’s also easier for the body to absorb the nutrition from the smoothies,  as the blender  goes through the

Your kids will enjoy them as well

It’s a great way to get your kids to eat vegetables and fruits, without even noticing.  A tips is to increase the amount of sugar when you prepare smoothies for kids though, if healthy attempts might be discovered.

Increased fiber intake

The high-fiber content in smoothies may also help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Fiber is vital for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in a healthy state.

Clear skin

The high fiber content, also helps your body to eliminate toxins, instead of having them showing up on your skin.

Weight-loss

Smoothies are low in calories, rich in nutrient dense food (if you prepare them as suggested above)  Because they contain high amounts of water and fiber, which makes you feel full and satisfied. They are also good to use if you want to lose weight, as they keep your blood sugar levels stable and makes you energized.

Reduce cravings

Cravings for sweets, and less healthy foods are normal. As a result of more fiber, a clearer mind and body, the cravings won’t be as apparent as before. If you still are dealing with unpleasant cravings, you should check out where your cravings comes from. 

To get more ideas on how to boost your smoothies and to get more healthy recipes talk to your nutritionist and wellness coach.  Get BeYou!